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£17 million invested to improve grassroots sports facilities

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Sporting venues across the country have received a major boost after receiving a share of £17 million from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.

Since being launched in 2011, the fund has helped enhance tired community sports facilities and to convert existing buildings into venues suitable for grassroots sport.

Sport England Property Director Charles Johnston has hailed the impact that money from the fund is making.

"The Inspired Facilities fund has had a huge impact on grassroots sport across the country,” said Johnson.

"Since 2011, we’ve invested £88 million into more than 1,600 projects to improve and refurbish sports clubs and transform non-sporting venues into vibrant community sports clubs.

"It’s great to see these latest projects join the long list of successful clubs to benefit from this fund.”

Among those celebrating is Cockermouth School in Cumbria, which has been awarded £103,682 to replace the 14 year old all-weather pitch at the school.

Another is Boston Amateur Boxing Club, who has been awarded £50,000 to extend their gym to accommodate its growing membership.  

"The Inspired Facilities fund is giving a huge boost to grassroots sport across the country and with £88 million invested it has already helped 1,600 sports clubs maintain and improve their facilities,” said Minister for Sport Helen Grant. 

The next round of the Inspired Facilities fund is now open so many more communities can benefit from the fund. 

Community and voluntary organisations, councils and schools can bid for a share of a further £20 million to help  upgrade facilities that can be unattractive, expensive to run and difficult to maintain or to convert existing non-sporting buildings into venues that are suitable for grassroots sport.

"With an additional £20 million of National Lottery money now available and the application process made easier I would urge local sports clubs to look at how this fund can help them create more opportunities for people to get involved in sport,” added the Minister for Sport. 

To find out more about the Inspired Facilities fund or to apply for funding, Click Here
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